There are really too many reasons to love The Distillery; the food, the beer selection, the atmosphere, and the events, not to mention their club. I have been a big fan of this place since we first walked through the door. And now, it is always on our "Must Do" list when we have visitors in town. 

They have a really great, ever changing list of craft beers on tap and over 100 varieties of bottled beer available. If that isn’t enough to draw you in, the menu is fantastic, too!

There are lots of great appetizers to start you off. The Pretzel Treasures (little pretzel nuggets served with two dips – cheese & mustard), Fried Pickles (pickle spears served with honey jalapeno remoulade sauce), and the Distillery’s specialty Hog Hammers (dinner size cuts of pork with your choice of delicious sauce) are all amazing ways to kick off your meal.

As a huge salad fan, I tend to check out this section first. While it is light on the options, the Savannah Chicken Salad with blackened chicken made up for it. Big on taste and loaded with fun things (bacon, tomatoes, sweet potato fries, and cheese), this salad did not disappoint.

Other stand-out dishes include the Big Daddy’s Fish Tacos, Black Bean Burger, and Houdini Chicken Sandwich ---- all great choices! This menu is really packed with options though, so do not feel tied to any one dish. I love The Distillery because I never feel like I have to order the-same-one-dish-I-like. I’ve yet to try everything on the menu, but I’m up for the challenge. 

The only flaw I really have here is that the service is very hit or miss. Sometimes the servers are attentive and can answer your craft beer questions, while other times you might barely see your server. So plan on spending your time there, though the issue has been better recently.

 Top Shelf: Double Chocolate Deep Fried Moon Pie

If you only do one thing while you are in Savannah, go to The Distillery and get the Fried Moon Pie. The menu claims “there are no words to describe the awesomeness”, and they are not lying. Go there. Eat this. You’ll thank me. The best $6 you’ll ever spend.

Local Alert: If you are local (or travel to Savannah regularly) and love craft beer, it is definitely worth joining their Beer Club. Every month they offer their beer club members a night of beer tasting; four tickets to redeem for 5-oz. pours of any of the month’s featured brewery. The club is a reasonable $50. Keep in mind that it is a one-time-only fee for a lifetime membership. Plus it gives you a good excuse to frequent The Distillery! 

location: 416 w. liberty street (downtown)
connect: The Distillery
SavannahMenu.com VIP restaurant: not yet

When I first moved to Savannah from Los Angeles, I figured my sushi days were over. Then I met Earl (an amazingly, lovable bartender at Tubby’s on River Street). He used to live in San Diego and also has a love of sushi—a hazard of living on the west coast. His response to my sushi woes--- Wasabi’s.

This sushi bar was everything he promised it would be. The atmosphere inside felt like I was back in my favorite sushi place in LA and the menu was loaded with options.

I’m a huge fan of tuna dishes so I often load up on those, along with anything with avocado. I love starting off with Ahi Poke. It is tasty, fresh, and a great way to start off a meal. The portion size is a lot too, so it’s plenty enough to share with friends. I also love Edamame (who doesn’t?). There is just something about being allowed to play with your food…actually I think that is one of the reasons I love sushi in general.

Wasabi’s offers an array of lunch and dinner combinations with a variety of rolls, Nigiri (fish served on rice), and sashimi (just the fish). I love picking out what I will be eating but the combos are really your best bet. The menu is really large and there are still many items I have yet to try, like the Hi Life Roll complete with potato chips.

As always, the sushi rolls are where the fun is at. I love the Savannah Sunrise, spicy tuna on top of a cucumber & avocado roll and served with a sweet sauce. Other fun rolls? South Accent (deep fried red snapper with avocado, lettuce, cucumber, & mayo), the Redneck (spicy tuna with shrimp tempura & sweet chili sauce), and the Titanic (deep fried crab stick, avocado & masago). Lets face it, the names make the rolls, right? And they are all generously portioned with quality ingredients.

I have yet to have a bad dish here and will return the next time I get the need for some sushi! If you’ve had bad sushi experiences in Savannah, I definitely recommend giving Wasabi’s a chance.

Top Shelf: Lunch Deals!

It’s really the best bang for your buck. You are likely to find what you are looking for and for a reasonable price.

location: 113 mlk blvd (downtown)
connect: Wasabi’s
SavannahMenu.com VIP restaurant: yes, 15% off entire check ($10 or more, no alcohol, dine in only)

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